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What I’ve Been Up To

Other than trying to work and all that, I recently had a short, flash fiction piece accepted in the Fall 2012 issue of From the Depths from Haunted Waters Press. That is exciting and I’ll let you know when it is published. It was from a contest I entered and it is a mere 13 words long.

I am also working on a short story that I wrote recently. It needs cleaning up, a few eyes other than my own and all that but I do like it. It is called Weight Watcher and look for it to come out soon.

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Subjectivity

I have my new story just about done but I’ve been letting some nice people read it to give me constructive criticism. This brings me to the point I’m trying to make about perception and subjectivity. Two people gave me ideas on how to fix a few things and their feedback was so very much appreciated. The last person that read it loved it just how it was sent to them and said it was their favorite story of mine so far. Funny how one person can love something and others don’t.

It’s like if I go see a movie and love it but my friend thinks it’s trash, that bugs me. I’m not sure why but it does. For instance, I loved Sucker Punch and Hunger Games. Yet my friend Melissa didn’t really care for Hunger Games and hated Sucker Punch. That still bugs me to this day.

My point is, sometimes you simply have to just take the good and the bad and grow with it. If not for the first two friends, I wouldn’t have realized my mistakes in this story. If not for the third, I wouldn’t have seen how much someone actually loved it.

I’m saving this one to submit to a couple of places before I publish it because some places won’t take anything that’s been published elsewhere. Wish me luck.

Constructive Criticism

I had a wonderful friend, who is also a writer, look at my rough draft and she had some great constructive criticism. It also gave me a few ideas as well as it allowed me to see where the holes were in my story. I’m so glad she looked at it because it sure needs work. However, I think the premise is great, I just need to work on the execution. It may be a little while till I get back to it but now I have clear direction on which way to move forward and that kind of advice is priceless.